Comparing Representations of Data using Urban Observatory
2 Themes – 3 Cities
We looked on the Urban Observatory comparing the themes of Senior and Youth Population of Shanghai, Mexico City, and Istanbul. We were able to see that Mexico City has a larger youth than senior population so compared with prior information we were able to get evidence that the birth rate is higher than the death rate in Mexico City. We saw that in comparison to Istanbul wherein the Senior Population is spread out beyond the heart of the city and has a smaller senior to youth population than Shanghai. Mexico City’s senior to youth rate was similar to Istanbul. Mexico City’s youth greatly outweighs the Senior population whereas Istanbul’s senior population in total appears to be near to its youth population.
In Istanbul we discussed how the expensive rates that come with living in the heart of the city might contribute to less youth density in the heart as it would be more economical for them to spread out. In Shanghai we saw the results of the one child population wherein the senior population greatly outnumbers the youth population. This outnumbering shows that the senior population does not have enough won’t have enough youth to take care of them if the senior population is expected to rise at the same rate in China.
As a tool for analysis, Urban Observatory will be very useful for mapping out data about cities and the interface is user friendly for beginners. The drawback would be a lack of data for certain areas but with further applications there would be more push for data. Observing the analysis of some of my classmates, this tool and the context of information that it provides shows it useful for a wide amount of scientific application.